Generators provide a valuable service during power outages, but they can also be used in everyday life to provide electricity for appliances and other devices. 

When using a generator in an apartment, there are some important maintenance steps to keep in mind. 



Place your generator on a firm and level surface.


  • Place your generator on a firm and level surface.
  • Surfaces that could be damaged by the weight of the generator, such as concrete floors, wooden stairs and decks.
    Do not place your generator on any of the following:
  • Soft surfaces (like carpet or pad)

Related: Learn the best way to store a generator


Never operate your generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed space.

Never operate your generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed space. Carbon monoxide is produced by incomplete combustion of gasoline and other fuels, such as kerosene, diesel fuel and natural gas. It’s odorless and colorless, so it can be deadly if you’re not careful when using a generator indoors.


Carbon monoxide poisoning causes headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue—but it can also cause heart disease or even death if left untreated for too long. The National Safety Council recommends that people use generators outdoors whenever possible; however, if you must use them inside your home then make sure there are no windows or doors open nearby!


Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable and explosive under certain conditions.


Gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable and explosive under certain conditions.

  • Do not use gasoline near an open flame or in a confined space.
  • Do not smoke while using a generator. If you must smoke, do so outside of your home or apartment building, away from all combustible materials (e.g., wood furniture).

Related: Some reasons that causes a generator to explode

  • Never use an open fire in any enclosed area where sparks could ignite fumes from the fuel being used as well as other items stored nearby that may catch fire easily such as rags used for cleaning up spills on floors that have been soaked with gasoline before they dry out completely after being washed down with water buckets filled at least once daily with fresh water so they don’t dry out overnight until next morning when someone comes home who forgot about washing those buckets first thing upon waking up each morning during their lunch break before returning back again later on same day evening time frame where it’s dark outside already meaning kids can now go play soccer without worrying too much about being burned by hot asphalt driveway which hasn’t been cleaned off yet due lack funding available right now


Do not overload your generator.

You should never overload your generator. The output of your generator is generally rated in watts, and if you have a much higher wattage than what it can handle, the result will be overheating and possibly damage to components or the motor itself.

Your generator size is also important when looking at how much power it can produce; larger generators are able to run larger loads because they have more space inside their engine compartment where additional fuel can be added as needed. However, this becomes an issue when trying to fit everything under one roof! If you’re planning on using a portable gas-powered generator for emergencies like storms or power outages but still want some peace of mind that everything will work properly in case something goes wrong (and who doesn’t want that?), then make sure not only do I know what size my housing needs but also how much fuel capacity each unit has available before deciding which model I’ll choose from our selection here today.”


Make sure to read the safety section in your owner’s manual before operating your generator.

Make sure to read the safety section in your owner’s manual before operating your generator.

If you don’t know how to operate a generator, call a licensed electrician or call AAA Electricians at 1-800-634-7323 and we will be happy to help you out!

As with any power tool, you should exercise caution when using a generator.

When using a generator, you should exercise caution in the following areas:

  • Never use a generator indoors.
  • Never use a generator in a garage, shed or other partially enclosed area where there are tall grasses and leaves that can catch fire.
  • Never operate your generator near gasoline, diesel or other fuels unless the fuel tank has been completely emptied of all its contents before starting up the engine.

The noise produced by this machine creates an additional hazard when used outdoors during inclement weather conditions (such as rain). To avoid any potential hazards associated with operating this equipment while outdoors:

  • Do not run it unattended during bad weather;
  • Keep children away from running engines;

These steps will help you keep yourself and everyone else safe.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. This is especially important when using a generator, as these machines are powerful and can cause injury if not used properly.
  • Use the right fuel for your generator. The type of fuel you choose will depend on what kind of power you need and how often it needs to run: if it’s just for one hour every other week, then 100% biodiesel may be fine; but if your apartment has been without electricity for over four days straight (or longer), then gasoline might be more appropriate because it burns hotter than biodiesel does—but only if there isn’t any other choice available!
  • Keep children away from any dangerous equipment like this one; make sure they understand that playing around with anything electrical can be dangerous and could even cause injury or death! Do not let them near any downed power lines either unless absolutely necessary—the last thing anyone wants is another tragedy happening again like what happened back in 2012 when two young people died after playing hide-and-seek near an overhead cable line while their parents were away at work during rush hour traffic conditions outside New York City.



In conclusion, following these simple steps will help ensure a safe and worry-free experience when using a generator in your apartment. Be sure to always keep the generator in an open area and never run it indoors. Keep a close eye on the fuel level, and always refuel the generator with gasoline that is specifically designed for generators. Make sure the generator is properly grounded, and always disconnect it from the power supply before making any repairs.